Law pleased as Poppies do it the hard way

Richard Bryan scores Kettering Town's winner in the thrilling 5-4 victory over Histon at Latimer Park. Pictures by Jim McAlwane

Richard Bryan scores Kettering Town's winner in the thrilling 5-4 victory over Histon at Latimer Park. Pictures by Jim McAlwane

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Marcus Law was pleased to see Kettering Town bounce back from their FA Cup disappointment, even if they did things the hard way in a nine-goal thriller against Histon.

The Poppies seemed to be cruising to a big win as they moved into a 4-1 lead over the Stutes inside 54 minutes thanks to goals from Liam Canavan, Brett Solkhon, Dubi Ogbonna, from the penalty spot, and Will Grocott.

Liam Canavan celebrates after scoring the Poppies' opening goal against Histon

Liam Canavan celebrates after scoring the Poppies' opening goal against Histon

But a controversial second Stutes goal sparked an incredible fightback as the visitors scored three goals in 12 minutes to make it 4-4, only for Kettering the grab what proved to be the winner through defender Richard Bryan.

Nonetheless, it meant Law’s team got back to winning ways following their 3-2 loss at Bamber Bridge last Tuesday and saw them move up to 16th in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

But, despite the home success, Law was still frustrated with the way his team allowed Histon back into the contest.

“The aim was to bounce back with a positive result,” the Poppies boss said.

“It probably didn’t come exactly how we wanted because there were a number of errors.

“But the hardcore fans were there and if we were to give them a win, I am sure they would have taken the 5-4 rather than a 1-0, even if I wouldn’t have done myself!

“It was just one of those games. There were lots of goals, lots of defensive errors and a few strange refereeing decisions as well.

“We got ourselves 4-1 up and then their lad has blocked a clearance and it has rebounded to one of their players who must have been 10 yards offside. Everyone was expecting a flag and it didn’t come.

“Maybe this is where the inexperience and naivety of our squad comes into it but that really rocked us and it led to a crazy five minutes where they have got themselves back into it.

“The second half statistics showed we had six shots and scored two goals and they had three shots and scored three.

“And That’s frustrating from my point of view, it has been happening to us a lot.

“We are getting punished for our mistakes and we have got to stop handing our opponents opportunities. At the same time, we have to make sure we convert our chances.

“From the goals we conceded, certainly the first, third and fourth could have been prevented and that’s something that must stop.”

The Poppies are back in action on Tuesday night when they make the trip to sixth-placed Biggleswade Town, who enjoyed a 1-0 victory at Weymouth yesterday.